Philips Lumea Advanced may have lived up to its “Advanced” name, but when Philips Lumea Prestige was revealed, a new queen to the throne of IPL hair removal devices was introduced to the world.
It’s the comfiest, most elegant, and effective IPL hair removal device, compared to nearly every other IPL device out there on the market.
There are handful of reasons that make the Philips Lumea Prestige a one of a kind, distinguishing it from other IPL devices, and previous Lumea products.
Looking for answers? Troubleshooting consisting problems? Prices? Detailed information on the Lumea Prestige. We got you covered!
In this article we shall provide you with every piece of information you need to decide if this premium IPL device is worth it.
What is Philips Lumea Prestige?
Philips Lumea Prestige is the most sold, award-winning, best Lumea Hair removal IPL device for 3+ years. Until Philips Lumea 9000 Series was introduced in December 2020, the Lumea Prestige only compared to very few IPL devices.
Furthermore, judging by the huge amount of costumer reviews we paved our way through, hundreds of women affirmed that the Lumea Prestige is distinguished among other IPL hair removal devices. Especially when it comes to how fast it provides results, and how short the treatment sessions really are.
It’s comes in an amazing gun-shaped design, with built-in curved flash windows, providing the versatility your different body parts need.
What Is the IPL Technology used by the Prestige?
Philips Lumea Prestige uses Intense Pulse Light Technology, as the device’s aim is the reduce hair growth, by targeting the hair’s follicle beneath the skin.
The Prestige has surpassed most IPL devices in this manner, as it uses high power IPL, to assure the long-lasting results.
Some devices may try to fool you into believing you’ll have hair-free experience for life, but Philips Lumea Prestige promises you what’s real: hair-free experience that can last for months.
Prestige’s Skin tone and hair color
Before picking any IPL hair removal device, you should always check if that device suits your skin tone and hair color. Since IPL devices use the light’s power to reduce hair growth, not all skin types or hair color can absorb this light, which makes it crucial to do the skin and hair test beforehand.
Lumea Prestige works on naturally dark blonde, brown and black colored hairs and on skin tones from very white to dark brown. Furthermore, Philips Lumea Prestige cannot be used to treat white/grey, light blonde or red hair and is not suitable for very dark skin.
Is Philips Lumea Prestige safe?
Knowing that the Prestige works fine on your skin tone and hair color, it’s time to make sure that this experience will be completely safe for you, from the first time you open the product box, till you reach the hair-free experience that will last for months.
Other than a slight stingy feeling that dissolves immediately, follow the instructions and your treatments shall be as safe as you’d love it to be.
Philips Lumea Prestige values your safety highly, here’s what they did to reach that goal:
- Integrated safety system: prevents from unintentional flashing and UV light
- Bikini area attachment has extra light filter: Sensitive areas require special attachments
- SmartSkin sensor: Detects your skin tone then chooses the most comfortable light setting for you
- 5 light energy settings: Variety means more choices to choose from depending on your body part
- clinically-proven & has a CE marking for EU safety standards: Passes all the required safety tests
Special Cases where we suggest to NOT use Philips Lumea Prestige
Even when you have the right skin tone and hair color, and abided by the product instructions bit by bit, there are still some special cases where you should not use the Philips Lumea Prestige, until you’re cleared to do so.
The list includes: Pregnancy, Diabetes, special medical cases that can make your skin vulnerable.
We also recommend not to use the Prestige in case of epilepsy, conducting a major operation. In such cases, please contact your doctor for further information.
What makes “Prestige” so special?
You’ve already heard us praising the Lumea Prestige couple of times in the introduction, which may make you wonder, what makes the Prestige so special, that the Philips Lumea Experts have praised it that much?
The Prestige is one of the rare IPL devices that can work cordless, which means that whenever you want to sneak into your privacy for a treat, without the need to carry along a 2meter cord.
Moreover, costumer ratings have never been higher for any other IPL hair removal product. It enjoys a 4.6/5 stars rating on Philips official website, and similar –sometimes higher- ratings on online markets like Amazon, Walmart, and others.
In addition to that, the number of Philips Lumea Prestige sales in those markets exceeds by a huge margin nearly all its competitors.
Overall, 95% of the costumers who bought Lumea Prestige, recommend this product for other potential customers, which indicates how useful their experience with the Prestige was.
What results to expect from Philips Lumea Prestige?
We always give the same advice for women who seek long-lasting results: Don’t rush your treatment for faster results.
Even though, Philips Lumea Prestige is one of the finest devices, in providing noticeable results in shortest of periods.
In short, Lumea Prestige will provide you with 92% hair reduction in 3 treatment sessions only.
Want to enjoy 6 months of hair-free experience? you only need to carry out 6-8 treatment sessions, with 2 weeks separating each session. This is the longest hair-free experience any IPL product can provide.
Loved the hair-free experience and want to extend it beyond the 6 months? you’ll only need to do a touch up every month or two.
Lumea Prestige: How long does the treatment last?
One of the main elements that made the Prestige one of a kind, is how short the full-body treatment session can last, compared to other IPL Hair removal devices.
According to our research, following up on tons of costumer reviews, a single full-body treatment performed by the Philips Lumea Prestige, will only take you around 40 minutes max.
It’s considered way faster than other devices, where a single treatment session would take over 1 hour of complete concentration, let alone the restrictions applied by those corded-only devices.
Additionally, Prestige covers more body parts than other devices of the same rank, as it covers the face, the body, the armpits, and the bikini. In short, you’ll have more body parts covered in less time.
Philips Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device lasts a lifetime
Simple mathematics will show you that this device will last forever with you. It has 250,000 lamp flashes, viable to treat up to 1 million cm2 of total body area.
An average full body treatment would need 5,000 cm2 covered, which means you have 200 full body treatments with the Lumea Prestige.
That being said, with monthly sessions following your initial 8-week treatment, it can give you over 15 years (or 180 months.)
Just keep in mind that those numbers are averages, and the device can still be affected by manufacturing and storage factors.
Philips Lumea Prestige Models
We have a full article on Philips Lumea Models, it has all the detailed information you’ll need to differentiate between different Lumea editions.
However, we can shorten the list for you. Philips Prestige has 3 models:
The main difference between those models is the body attachments. The BRI956 and BRI949 editions come with 3 different attachments, for Body/Face/bikini and armpit. The BRI954, BRI953, and BRI950 come with 2 attachments, for Body/Face, but without the bikini and armpit attachment.
There’s also a difference in color between those models. BRI954 is purple, BRI953 is silver, and BRI950 is pink, while those three come with the same attachments.
Philips created a useful application to help you with your treatment sessions, that’s 100% synchronized with the Lumea Prestige itself.
The main task this Prestige APP helps you with, is scheduling your treatment sessions. It’s the first time a hair removal device can be synced with an application.
However, once you finish your full-body treatment sessions, the app can only be useful for reminding yourself with the monthly touch-ups.
Our advice will be, use the app while you are performing your sessions, and get rid of it once you’re done, because it won’t be as helpful as we’d like it to be for you.
Troubleshooting before Problems happen
Since we’ve done a deep research already, why make you suffer through possible technical problems that you may face? We’ve provided you with the list of most common hurdles that you may face, and how to overcome them in your path to achieving long-lasting hair removal results.
“My Philips Lumea gives off a burning smell during treatment”
- You may have not removed hair from your skin
- Your skin is not clean and dried
- The glass on your Philips Lumea Prestige is not clean
“My Lumea becomes warm during use”
- This is normal, but to avoid any inconvenience, try treating sensitive areas first
“My skin feels uncomfortable during the treatment”
- Your skin tone/hair color is not suitable, re-check it
- You’re using higher/lower intensity level, try using the smartskin sensor
- You’re treating the wrong areas, try using suitable attachment for each body part
- You have recently tanned, take enough time before performing a session again
- Your skin/device is dirty, check they are clean before starting
- You may be pressing the device hard on your skin, you don’t need to
“I didn’t get the expected results from the device”
- You aren’t following up on the treatment schedule
- You aren’t following the manual instructions
- You didn’t remove your hair completely before sessions
- You aren’t using the correct settings
- You’re missing spots on your skin during treatment
Awkward questions you do and don’t want to ask about Philips Lumea Prestige
You may have some “awkward questions” you have in mind, but you don’t want other people to know what’s on your mind.
Don’t worry! We have compiled a list of the most important yet awkward questions you don’t want others to know you’re wondering about, in regard to using IPL hair removal devices
Can I have laser hair removal when I’m on period?
Yes, you can. If you’re planning a treatment session on the extended bikini area, you’ll have to use a tampon for hygiene reasons only.
Can I have laser hair removal when I’m lactating?
Although there has been no link between IPL hair removal and negative effects on the woman or the baby, it’s not yet 100% cleared that it’s safe. So, we advise lactating women to wait until they have finished breastfeeding before applying /preparing for a treatment session.
Can I have laser hair removal before/after sex?
Wait 24 hours. Handful of doctors recommended that IPL hair removal treatments after sex would cause the skin to be more prone to irritation and infections, so delay it 24 hours.
Does laser hair removal affect my sex drive if it’s used on the bikini area?
We read 5 doctors’ testimonies that affirmed there’s no link between IPL hair removal on bikini area, and sex drive. If you ever felt a decrease in your sex drive after a treatment, it’s 100% another reason that requires a visit to your doctor.
How to use Philips Lumea Prestige
Those are general instructions you have to abide by, in order to achieve the long-lasting results you seek:
- Shave before each treatment and make sure you don’t miss a spot.
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry before treatment.
- Plug in the device if you want to go corded, or turn it on if you want to go cordless.
- Use the Smartskin sensor on your skin to detect the intensity level automatically, or just select it manually if you already know your convenient level.
- Position the Lumea Prestige on your skin at a 90-degree angle, then press the trigger button.
- The device will only flash if you position the device correctly on your skin.
- Finished one spot? Move on to the other spot, try to overlap skin spots.
- Once you’ve finished the treatment, press on hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn it off.
Philips Lumea Prestige Price Range
We’ve visited handful of online stores, in different countries, and the Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device, has a price range of 300-400£, depending on the version you choose.
Comparing to clinical hair removal treatments, this price is as cheap as it can be.
“It’s worth every dime,” said a costumer in an online review, when she stated that if some people consider it pricey, the long-lasting results will pay you back in gold.
Philips Lumea Prestige Reviews
Here are some of the personal reviews by costumers who used, tried, and got results from the Philips Lumea Prestige:
“I LOVE IT”
“I love the Phillips Lumea Prestige. It is really simple to use and maintain. It has different attachments to cater for hair reduction on different parts of your body,” said Pat in an online review at productreview.com.au.
She added, “I have been using it since November 2020 and noticed hair reduction even after the first use. Safe, painless and effective. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting a genuine product that achieves what it claims to: permanent hair reduction.”
“I will recommend to my friends”
Another woman named P., posted another review on this product, stating her experience. She said, “It was simple to use. Feels great against my skin. I’m very happy with this product. I will recommend to my friends. I enjoy the results of this product; I feel my masks or creams being pushed and absorbed deeper into my skin!”
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI956
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI954
Philips Lumea Prestige BRI953
Pros and cons
To sum this review up, Here’s our list of Philips Lumea Prestige’s pros & cons:
- Suitable for various body parts including Face, Body, Armpit, and Bikini
- Treatment sessions are faster than 95% of other IPL products
- Achieves results faster than other IPL products
- Works Corded/cordless
- CE Certified & clinically proven
- Safety assured
- Can be used up to 15 years
- Award winning
- 3 distinguished attachments
- Not FDA-approved
- Cordless can work up to 30 minutes only
We’ve surfed through the best IPL hair removal devices, and the Philips Lumea Prestige is a top3 contender for the Best IPL device ever made. It’s only challenged by the Philips Lumea 9000 series!
It provides you with the fastest and safest results, in a relatively short amount of time and treatment sessions, at a reasonable and well-deserved price.
In case you have any questions on the Philips Lumea Prestige, feel free to post them in the comment section down below, and we’ll be more than happy to answer in less than 48 hours.